The first half is weaker, it seems to drag on, but the second half is really fun. It addresses several plot points. The story and characters are so interesting, and I may even venture to say that the secondary characters (the mom, dad, and wife) have better roles.
With a premise like this, any other filmmaker would've taken shortcuts & either chose to focus on the drama or comedic elements. But like his follow-up, Eat Drink Man Woman, Lee takes the usual formula & balances both the laughs & the heart of the material while also honoring the generational gap of old & new Chinese culture. Sihung Lung & Ah Lei Gua do great work here in this near-perfect rom com.